Although nobody would bat an eyelid if they saw a man without any hair, it’s a different story for women. Female hair loss is often associated with there being something seriously wrong, like cancer. But in reality, hair loss is a reality for women too, even if it doesn’t affect as large a proportion of the population.
It’s normal to lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair every day. Your hair is preprogrammed to fall out at regular intervals when the follicles fall dormant, and then reactivate once again after a few months. However, this process can be interrupted for a variety of factors, and you can actually end up losing more hair than is growing back naturally. When this happens, the hair starts thinning and can cause psychological distress. (Science has shown that hair is critical for our wellbeing).
The good news is that there are a variety of products and tips you can use to combat hair loss. Here are some ideas.
Massage Your Scalp
Massages are underrated in general. But scalp massages are particularly sidelined. Massaging your scalp while you’re in the shower is an excellent way to stimulate hair follicle growth while also helping you relax, by activating the follicles themselves with a combination of pressure and warmth. Next time you’re in the shower, move your fingers in circular motions across your whole head, reducing tension and helping nutrients circulate.
Target Hair Regrowth Using Products
Thinning hair is a big concern for a lot of women. As a result, many cosmetic companies have launched their own hair regrowth formulas which they claim can work wonders. These include special shampoos, essential oils and other products designed to get hair to grow back. Many of these products focus on eliminating bacteria, believed to contribute to hair breakage and loss.
A recent article on Zwivel argued that micro pigmentation might be a great alternative for some people to hair transplants or wigs. It works by tattooing the scalp, giving the appearance of the presence of hair when there is none. Micropigmentation is also likely to be significantly cheaper than traditional transplant methods, and possibly less invasive.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals
Could your hair loss be caused by exposure to harmful chemicals? It’s possible. It turns out that some of the chemical processing treatments available in salons are damaging to certain types of hair, especially if used too often. Doing anything to your hair using chemicals, such as bleaching, lightening and straightening, can all potentially cause damage leading to hair loss. If you notice that the rate of hair loss speeds up after visiting the salon, stay away for a while and see whether the problem improves or not. Also, try using deep conditioning a few times a month to see whether that helps the hair to recover.
Avoid Styles That Pull The Hair Back
The stress caused by styles that pull the hair back, like ponytails, can result in it falling out. If you have to have your hair pulled back for work, avoid pulling back too tight, using clips if needed.